Media Alert: Penn-Griffin Students Celebrates Civil Rights History


For Immediate Release: February 8, 2018

Contact: Tina Firesheets (336) 370-8307
Media Desk (336) 574-5730

Penn-Griffin Students Celebrate Civil Rights History


WHAT: On February 11, 1960, a group of 26 students from the former William Penn High School were so inspired by the Greensboro sit-ins that they held their own march to the Woolworth’s in High Point. Under the direction of the Rev. Elton Cox, the High Point students staged the first high school sit-in nationwide.

The historic public high school founded by Quakers in the late 1800s as an all- black industrial school is now a performing arts magnet school for middle and high school students. Each year, the students at Penn-Griffin honor their legacy through music, art, dance and theatre. This year’s program will include a presentation from High Point University professor and historian Paul Ringel, whose students helped compile the oral histories of William Penn High alumni. Ringel, who directed The William Penn Project, seeks to make the school’s history accessible to a broad audience.

WHEN: 2 p.m., February 9, 2018

WHERE: Auditorium, Penn-Griffin School for the Arts, 825 Washington St., High Point

CONTACT: Principal Howard Stimpson, 336-819-2870

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